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Shadows on the Stairs


Published 1941


A U.S. film set in a London boarding house in the year 1937.


Run time 63 minutes 6 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, black & white


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Reviewer: porterville - - August 21, 2011
Subject: A Pleasant Mystery Film
This was a pleasant mystery with the accent on the characters in the movie. The acting was good (although the landlady toward the second half of the movie overacted). The plot progressed in an orderly manner to a good conclusion. Heather Angel (of the Bulldog Drummond series) provided the female romantic lead. Turhan Bey did well in his first movie.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - August 17, 2011
Subject: Oh, Brother!
It's all about the characters and their relationships in this fast paced mystery. There wasn't much to the mystery, and it ended as a total cheat. That, and as I don't have a high tolerance for melodrama, the movie fell flat for me. It all seemed sketchy, too. On the plus side, the cast is very good.

I downloaded the 699MB AVI file. Video quality was fine, except for an annoying defect that lasted about a minute. The audio quality was fine.
Reviewer: picfixer - - August 17, 2011
Subject: Dead bodies & horse-playing cops
A London boarding house, exotic characters, a mysterious box and the busiest second floor landing in the history of film. Mix in romance, infidelity and murder. Serve it all up with a generous helping of wry humor, and you have this delicious little movie that plays like a British who-done-it, but really is from Warner Brothers and 100 percent American. A good ensemble cast features among others, Frieda Inescort, Heather Angel and Turhan Bey in his first film role. Fast moving and highly entertaining with a conclusion that will either make you smile, or tic you off. It made me smile.

Except for a few minor glitches, good image quality for a tape transfer. The audio is okay too.

CAST NOTE: Turhan Bey's exotic good looks frequently got him cast as an Arab or East Indian in films like "The Mummy's Tomb" and "Arabian Nights." In reality he was a native of Vienna, Austria, and a longtime friend of Albert Einstein. He concluded his long, intermittent acting career by appearing in two episodes of "Babylon 5." His primary career was as a professional photographer.
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